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Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Want to make your house smell incredibly delicious?

Make this Recipe…it’s really easy and totally worth it. (but it takes up to 3 hours…)

Ingredients List: (makes 24)

  • 2 cups of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup roughly  chopped fresh basil
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Sea Salt

**Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make Slow-Roasted Tomatoes:

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Roasted Tomatoes are incredible in pasta, salad, soups…use your imagination. I was so busy using these to make a delicious pasta recipe that I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of the final product. If you click here you can get an idea of what your roasted tomatoes should look like when they are ready!

The smell alone is worth the time to make this dish.

Enjoy!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Pumpkin Hummus

This afternoon, I am hosting a fall mixer. I have been away most of the summer and I am finally able to catch up with friends and what better way to catch up, than with all of them at once.  I am serving an array of fall  themed food and hopefully I will be able to post some pics of the different offerings.  But at the risk of photo blogging the mixer fails…I figured I would to share this recipe with the world and give you a preview of the day’s treats.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 large can (28 oz) garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  •  ***save 1/4 cup of the chick pea water and add if you are having trouble blending your mixture!)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • the juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Pumpkin Hummus:

This delicious fall themed recipe takes minutes to make and will seriously rock your world. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.

On another note, I’m totally hooked on this blog:  (Under The Hill), it is thought provoking, funny, heart breaking and informative. A genuine perspective on the government, the people of Canada and world issues. Please take a moment to check it out!

Happy Sunday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Jerk yer Chicken

I am finally back in my own kitchen after a summer on the road and I am loving being back in Toronto. Nothing beats walking the streets, hitting my fav shops and markets and generally enjoying the energy of the city. Today is a glorious day, a perfect way to ring in the first day of fall.

Tonight, I am hosting some very good friends for dinner and I am totally stoked to catch up with these peeps since I haven’t seen them in months. I spent a while cruising the farmer’s market at Nathan Phillips Square and bought 95% of the ingredients for this feast from Ontario Farmers. On the menu tonight….Jerk Chicken, Peach Salsa, Roasted Yams, Corn on the Cob and a mixed carrot salad!

Ingredients List:  Makes about 3 Cups of Jerk Marinade (enough for 8+ Chicken Breast)

  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 7 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Hot Peppers-to taste (I used 2 chili peppers and 3 small Jalapeno’s seeded)
  • 4 small cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup of  soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  •  2 tsp of ground allspice
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 x Chicken Breasts

****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Jerk Marinade:

Thanks for Reading and Bon Appetit!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

P.S. I’m hosting a mixer on Sunday! Will let you know how it went unless of course you show up!

September Scones Take 2

As I sit here and type this blog, all I smell is delicious pork…that’s because i just took some Ham and Cheese Scones out of the oven. The blueberry scones that I baked a few weeks ago turned out to be so easy and such a hit that I decided I wanted to try and make a savory scone. You will noticed that the photo’s of the savory scones start with the addition of the ham and onions. You can read more about the basics of Scone Making here from my previous post featuring blueberry scones.

Ingredients List:  Makes 10 servings.

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup combined of  caramalized onion and  cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup of Smoked Gouda Grated
  • 1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Ham and Cheese Scones:

Before you start…Preheat your Oven to 425 degree’s and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cook your onions on low heat for about 20 minutes and add your ham to the mixture once the onions are nice and soft. Once you are ready to go: Mix your dry ingredients into a bowl and then….


I prefer these scones over the blueberry ones but that’s only because of my love affair with pork and cheese. After a month away from home, I leave Ottawa 0n Sunday. I cannot wait to get back and enjoy the fall! Thanks for reading! Enjoy your scones.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Food Photo of the Day!

Garlic ready to be roasted!

For info on how to roast your own garlic drop me a line at foodventuresandotherstories@gmail.com. It’s so easy, especially now that it’s BBQ season!

xo

Lisa

5-3-1-1

THIS RECIPE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

My culinary guide Todd introduced me to the 5-3-1-1. You can use this recipe to make pizza dough/flat bread/baguettes/calzones etc…It’s a very low maintenance recipe and you can add anything to it…all you need is a few simple ingredients, your hands and an hour’s worth of patience.

Ingredients List:

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp of yeast
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • This recipe will make about 3 servings worth of dough. It will keep in your fridge for up to a week.

****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own version of the 5-3-1-1.

For more awesome info on the 5-3-1-1 click here.

I realize that it’s been a while since i have posted anything. I hope that you haven’t starved…. Things have been a little insane with the production I’m on. But I celebrated the show’s Press night last evening and it was a HUGE success. I am now out of lockdown and I promise a lot of fun foodventures are coming your way!

BTW if you don’t own a pizza stone go out and buy one TODAY. You can get them anywhere. I bought mine at Home Sense for 10 dollars. It will make the 5-3-1-1 that much better!

Thanks for reading!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

The Secret Garden….

Ok. Here’s the deal…

There is nothing secret happening here BUT a couple of great friends working on The Secret Garden came over for dinner this evening between shows…. In January, I purchased the  pasta attachment for my kitchenaid mixer and tonight was the perfect night to try it out! I made spaghetti with a sausage and pancetta tomato sauce and a gorgonzola and garlic flatbread.

This post will only show y’all how to make homemade pasta but every part of this meal was created from scratch. It took me a few tries to master the pasta, Let me tell ya…it was much harder than you think  to get to this point…(hopefully this will allow you not to go through the same trial and error!) Thanks to Todd for his ongoing advice and his free pouring…(that kept the project going!) Know that this is the edited version of the pasta making (although a series of shots of the dough issues might be fun!)…hopefully you will get a winning recipe from the getGo!

Ingredients List:

  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp of salt

**click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own pasta!

Nothing is more exciting than enjoying a meal with great friends.

I realize that not everyone has access to a kitchenaid mixer and the truth is that to make delicious homemade pasta you don’t need fancy gadgets.  Making pasta at home is cheap, easy and delicious (in fact next time i will try it without the gadget). So make it now. Stop buying it. Seriously, even if you don’t have a mixer just make it on your counter! Go and youtube how to make homemade pasta…so worth it and  cheap to do.

I can’t to hear about your pasta making stories!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa